Monday, August 26, 2013

Rules, Procedures, and Western Dress Up Day.... Oh My!!

Well, we made it though our first week... virtually unscathed. I must say that the older I get, the more EXHAUSTED I am at the end of the first week.  I wanted to share a few beginning of school activities with everyone.  Some you may have seen these before and others may be new to you. 

No DAVID!!!!!!!!!!!  They just LOVE this story.  A great way to go over rules and things that we should and should not do. I love the David on the right... he's giving the thumbs up :)

Western Dress Up Day and Activities
Our "THEME" this year is Kindergarten Corral.  Every year we try to have some sort of dress up day the first Friday of school.  We also share a variety of activities that go along with our theme.  Here are just a few.
I like to give credit where credit is due.  The cowboy boots and pants cut out came from a teacher in Texas.  The pack is on TPT and her name is Jessica Williamson.  The others are BES originals.


 My sister-in-law made us the CUTEST Chevron pocket t's.  We were torn because we wanted to wear them SOOOO bad so we settled and dolled them up with our cuh-girl boots as a sassy western accessory.  I know I say it a lot but I sure mean it a lot...  It is an honor to get to teach with these gals every day. 

 My neighbor Mrs. Craft designed graphic organizer.  The yes and no response cards came from Jessica Williamson. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back to School Sale on TPT and Facebook Friends

20 perc off

We are throwing a sale for our TPT store.  20% off ALL of our items.  You can also enter the code
BTS13 to receive an additional 10% only through tomorrow.  The 20% will go through Wednesday, August 21.  Happy Shopping and thank you for your purchase ahead of time.  My colleague/friend and I REALLY strive to ensure that you can use EVERY page in EVERY pack.
Since I started my blog in February of this year, I am very excited to begin posting at the beginning of the school year.  Stay tuned for pictures of my classroom and things that are currently under thinking construction. :)

The Brewton Kindergarten Facebook page is up and running.  Although we only have a few pictures of the teachers that I am SO blessed to share my days and children with, we are planning on posting new pictures very soon.  So, in the words of many kindergarteners all over the world... "Will you be my friend??"  You can "like" us through the tab on the home page of the blog.  "BES"t K Teachers.  Hope you have a wonderful beginning of school!!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Only Three More Days of Freedom...

I am trying as hard as I can to get those last minute cleaning projects completed before going back to work on the 13th.  Clean out ALL closets- check, clean out my laundry room including behind the dryer and washer- check, bleach my back and front porch-check, have my classroom in working order prior to the first day back.... NOT a check!!  I went to work last week and just could not make myself get in the mood.  Have you ever been there??  I kept thinking about all of the things that I could be doing at home. At the end of every summer I ALWAYS think " How DO I  get everything done at my house and work too?"  It's called being efficient.  Kind of like when you have a new baby and you clean your entire house during the baby's one hour nap when it used to take you two days before that sweet baby came along.  I recently read a devotional bible study called "Redeemed" and the author pointed out that God gives us plenty of time in one day to get everything done that we need to do if we put Him first. All other things will just line up in order of importance.  How true is that?? 

 Now with all of that said ,I promised many Alabama teachers this summer at my inservice workshops that my colleagues  and I  would be putting a year long kindergarten scope and sequence on TPT.  So..... ta da.... here it is!!  This has been a  5 year work in progress and ENDLESS hours have been put into this sacred document.  It is aligned with common core standards for reading and math.  A little sneak peak....


If you or your entire grade level has been wishing for a “year in view”, this document is for you!  A kindergarten scope and sequence that is common core aligned for both reading and math.  It is in sequential order from the beginning of school to the end.  Inside you will find a weekly progression that builds from simple skills to more complex.

 It includes:

-letter sequence (this will align with the majority of decodable text)

-high frequency words,

-phonemic and phonological awareness skills

 -comprehension target skills

 -math progression

 -weekly social science themes

-writing (what the teacher will model and demonstrate as well as    what is expected from the students)

Although our kindergarten utilizes Scott Foresman reading series,  this year long progression can be used with any reading series or theme based kindergarten.  (Many stories may not match the SF book/big book sequence)
Also, my friend Shari and I have just completed a shapes pack as well.  If you are looking for a fun and creative way to enhance your current method of ensuring mastery of basic 2D shapes, this pack is pretty cute!!  It has several shapes art projects, a shapes glyph, a booklet for each shape (including hexagon), and a shapes environmental web. 

 We also posted an "All About Me"  freebie that is pretty stinkin' cute, if we do say so ourselves.  

So check it out and I will post pictures of my finished classroom soon (hopefully).  Blessings to all!!